LOWER MANHATTAN SKYLINE:  Note the changing visual profile of downtown since 9/11, particularly with the loss and rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex. I took these photos from the Staten Island Ferry and harbor cruises over the years I have lived in New York City.

On May 10, 2013, the final piece of the spire was lifted to the top of One World Trade Center, bringing the tower to its full height of 1,776 feet (541 m), and making it the fourth-tallest building in the world, as well as the tallest in the city, surpassing the 1,454-foot (443 m) Empire State Building.

At the time of their completion in 1973, the “Twin Towers"—the original 1 World Trade Center, at 1,368 feet (417 m); and 2 World Trade Center, at 1,362 feet (415.1 m)—were the tallest buildings in the world.

One World Trade Center would no longer hold its lofty designation, however, under a developer’s plan to supersize a 57th St. residential skyscraper. Gary Barnett wants to raise the top of the spire at his proposed Nordstrom Tower to 1,795 feet (547 m) — 19 feet taller than the one atop 1 World Trade Center. 

Although the angles are slightly different in the three photos, I have tried in sizing them to keep the proportions constant with reference to the older buildings in front. Clearly Lower Manhattan has filled out a lot since 2001. There are many new highrise buildings, most notably One World Trade Center, which is slimmer but 408+ feet taller than the the old Twin Towers. 

So there really has been a lot of change over the last two decades. as Lower Manhattan now booms with new construction. Creative destruction continues unabated in NYC:  stay tuned in the highrise race to the sky! 


Leo & Ava, Boston Terriers (1 y/o), World Trade Center Memorial, New York, NY • “Leo destroyed my fiancé’s textbooks. When Ava stays over she’ll jump over anything to help him destroy.” @leo_thebostonterrier @avathebostie


Six out of the ten are currently under construction! The top five will all have a higher roof height than One World Trade. Half are residential.
What do you think about NYC’s current #skyscraper boom?
1.  One World Trade Center | 1,792 ft  |  20142.  Central Park Tower | 1,550 ft  |  20203.  111 W. 57th St. | 1,428 ft  |  20184.  One Vanderbilt  | 1,401 ft  |  20215.  432 Park Ave  | 1,396 ft  |  20156.  30 Hudson Yards  | 1,268 ft  |  20197.  Empire State Bulding  | 1,250 ft  |  19318.  One Bryant Park  | 1,200 ft  |  2009  9.  3 World Trade Center   |  1,079 ft  |  2018  10.  9 DeKalb Avenue   |  1,066 ft  |  2020

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Sunset viewed out the window of the observation deck at 1 world trade center. Magnificent.

James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center … He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy.
After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed, so he let Daisy go, out of an act of love.
She darted away into the darkened hallway.
Choking on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke James was just waiting to die. About 30 minutes later, Daisy comes back along with James’ boss, Who Daisy just happened to pick up on floor 112 on her first run of the building, she leads James, James’ boss, and about 300 more people out of the doomed building.
But she wasn’t through yet, she knew there were others who were trapped. So, highly against James’ wishes she ran back in the building.
On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went back in. During this run, the building collapses.
James hears about this and falls on his knees into tears.
Against all known odds, Daisy makes it out alive, but this time she is carried by a firefighter. “She led us right to the people, before she got injured” the fireman explained.
Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a broken leg, but she saved 967 lives.
Daisy is the first civilian Canine to win the Medal of Honor of New York City.
Pass it on to all animal lovers.